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Andrew Bynum received treatment on his sprained left ankle Monday and the Lakers listed him as day-to-day, which means he might or might not be able to play Tuesday night against the New Jersey Nets at Staples Center.
If the All-Star center can play, then it’s status quo for the Lakers, who are looking for their third consecutive victory to start a stretch of six games in eight days. They defeated the Golden State Warriors after he was hurt in the first quarter Sunday.
If he can’t play, then Troy Murphy will move from the bench to the starting lineup for the first time this season. Murphy scored eight points and tied his season high with 11 rebounds in Sunday’s 120-112 victory over the Warriors.
Bynum, who is averaging 17.9 points and 11.9 rebounds, was hurt when he landed awkwardly after jumping for a rebound late in the first quarter. He left the game and walked directly to the locker room. X-rays taken during the game were negative.
“Yeah, we can (still win games),” Kobe Bryant said of the possibility of playing without Bynum, who has been sidelined for 122 games over the last four seasons. “I don’t think it’s a championship formula, but we can.”
Bynum was unavailable for comment Monday, but he told teammates after Sunday’s game he didn’t the injury was to severe.
“Hopefully, he won’t (miss any games) because he’s a big presence for us defensively and offensively,” Pau Gasol said. “He’s become such a point of reference for our team. If he does need to rest, then obviously rebounding is one area that everybody needs to make sure we make a conscious effort at, and it needs to be covered.”